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Mama Taraba resigns as women affairs minister, quits APC

Valentine Chinyem



Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan also known as ‘Mama Taraba’, has resigned from her position and also called her time up with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

This was confirmed by her media aid, Suleiman Dantosho, on Saturday.

In the letter made available to newsmen, she said; “I write with a lot of respect to inform Mr President of my decision to resign my appointment as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC),” the letter read.

“Mr President may also wish to recall that I wrote to notify you of my intention to again contest for governor of my state in forthcoming 2019 election under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and you again graciously blessed my intention and wished me well through a letter personally signed by Mr President which I appreciate and will forever cherish.

“Sir, I purchased the APC nomination forms and went for the party’s screening on Thursday, the 20th of September 2018 along with ten (10) other contestants for the governorship of my state, Taraba. I, with your permission, proceeded to Taraba on the 23rd of September 2018, to prepare for the presidential and governorship primaries then scheduled for the 25th and 29th of September 2018 respectively.

“While preparing for the primaries in Jalingo, I received with the shock and dismay that I was disqualified and not cleared to contest for the 2019 governorship by the National Working Committee of the party (APC). No reason was given for my disqualification.”

However, Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, had told journalists that the reason the minister was disqualified from contesting the Taraba governorship primary, was due to her anti-party activities.

He noted that the minister was not totally loyal to the APC, and the party could not tolerate her closeness to one of the presidential aspirants of the Peoples’ Demoncratic Party (PDP).